Frederic Knoflach

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Dysfunctional N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor neurotransmission has been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. It is thought that this abnormal functioning can be corrected by increasing availability of the NMDA co-agonist glycine through inhibition of glycine transporter type 1 (GlyT1). Herein is described the pharmacologic profile of(More)
Cognitive impairment, in particular of attention and memory, is often reported by patients suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) and deficits in attention are part of the current diagnostic criteria of MDD. Objectively measured cognitive deficits associated with MDD have been described in many studies. They have been conceptualized as an integral(More)
Direct transdifferentiation of somatic cells is a promising approach to obtain patient-specific cells for numerous applications. However, conversion across germ-layer borders often requires ectopic gene expression with unpredictable side effects. Here, we present a gene-free approach that allows efficient conversion of human fibroblasts via a transient(More)
Both preclinical evidence and clinical evidence suggest that α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor activation (α7nAChR) improves cognitive function, the decline of which is associated with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Moreover, allosteric modulation of α7nAChR is an emerging therapeutic strategy in an attempt to avoid the rapid(More)
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